Wednesday, July 23, 2014

San Diego Comic-Con 2014!

Hello all! I head off to San Diego today for the always awesome, always crazy San Diego Comic-Con. Here's my schedule, for anyone who wants to come see me!

Thursday, July 24th

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Presents: USING GRAPHIC NOVELS IN EDUCATION panel
Location: 30CDE
Description: Comics and graphic novels are amazing resources for inspiring a love of reading and learning among students of all ages. CBLDF experts Betsy Gomez, Meryl Jaffe, Carol Tilley, and more examine how to use comics in classrooms, and provide strategies for combating the confusion that often leads graphic novels to be targeted by censors. They'll also offer suggestions for how to use specific comics in the classroom. Bring your challenges, questions and success stories!

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Kids' Heroes, Capes and Journeys: Does One Size Fit All? panel
Location: Room 29A
Description: Graphic novel authors and educators discuss how kids' heroes have grown and changed over the years. Discussing “Hero” templates, they'll explore old and new hero favorites and whether a mold helps or hinders the development of future heroes. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 hero as artist panelists draw/design/experiment with hero templates. Implications for fans, educators, students, and aspiring writers, and critics will be discussed.

Friday, July 25th                                          

12:00 – 1:00 PM
CBLDF: Graphic Novels and Their Turbulent Past: Now Classroom Tools of Tolerance
Location: Room 30CDE
Description: Graphic novels are often associated with violence and aggression. They can, however, be used to help kids gain a greater understanding of the often violent world around them, and they can often be used to defuse anger. Finally, they can be used to teach history, social studies, and social organization. This panel of educators, authors, and artists will show you how. They'll discuss the intertwining history of comics, violence, and censorship and provide teachers with classroom tools to integrate incredible graphic novels within language arts, social studies and science, effectively meeting Common Core State Standards while addressing ever-present resistance to the graphic text artform.

Saturday, July 26th

10:00 – 10:30 AM
HELLO KITTY 40TH ANNIVERSARY SIGNING
Location: Viz Media Booth #2813
Details: Each signer will be signing the Hello Kitty Hello Forty book.

11:00 AM
BABYMOUSE COSTUME AND CREATOR MEET & GREET / SIGNING
Location: Random House Booth #1515
Details: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm will be signing COMICS SQUAD and other titles. Special appearance by a special mouse, as well!



Sunday, July 27th

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Kids Draw! A Comics Live Drawing Panel
Location: Room 30CDE
Description: This fun-filled draw-off pits cartoonist against cartoonist as kids help tell the story -- with Kelley Jones (Space Mountain), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Dan Santat (Comics Squad: Recess), Kirk Scroggs (Snoop Troop), and Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish) -- and as many monsters, aliens, princesses, and plot twists as they can fit into a single panel! 

11:30 – 12:30 PM
From Snidely Whiplash to Voldemort and Back: The Guys (and Gals?) We Love to Hate Panel
Location: Room 8
Details: Panelists discuss what makes a fan-favorite villain and what budding creators might want to think about when hatching their own knavish ne'er-do-wells. They'll tackle how villains of past and present have changed, how affective villains play foil to their heroes, and whether villains are becoming more believable and more likeable. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 villain.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

COMICS SQUAD: RECESS! and SQUISH: FEAR THE AMOEBA Double-Launch Day!

Huzzah! Today is a heckuva day. Both COMICS SQUAD: RECESS! and SQUISH: FEAR THE AMOEBA hit bookstores today!



How can you possibly choose between an amazing anthology featuring EIGHT new short comics stories by the world's greatest kids comics creators, and the terrifying SIXTH volume in the amazing SQUISH series?

ANSWER: You can't. Get both!